Final 53 Man Roster Set


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Today the Falcons made their final cuts to set their roster going into the season.  Of course with every team making their final cuts as well, the Falcons could hit the free agent market before the first game.  Without further delay I’ll go through each position and give a little insight into the players who made the cut.  This is not a depth chart, just a list of each player.

Quarterback:

  • Matt Ryan
  • Dominique Davis
  • Luke McCown

Looks like Mike Smith didn’t want to go into the season with undrafted free agent Davis the only QB behind Ryan.

Running Back:

  • Michael Turner
  • Jacquizz Rodgers
  • Jason Snelling
  • Lousaka Polite
  • Antone Smith

4 deep at halfback is a bit surprising, but Antone Smith was able to survive the final cuts to make the roster.  Polite will slot in as the starting FB while Turner will likely be penciled in as the starting HB.  Rodgers should see plenty of playing time and Snelling could be in the mix if he can get healthy.

Wide Receiver:

  • Roddy White
  • Julio Jones
  • Harry Douglas
  • Tim Toone
  • Kevin Kone

Kone solidified his spot with a 49 yard TD reception last night.  White and Jones are an elite 1-2 punch, but the depth is lacking at wideout.

Tight End:

  • Tony Gonzalez
  • Michael Palmer
  • Tommy Gallarda

No surprises here.  Gonzalez should be in for another strong season.

Tackle:

  • Tyson Clabo
  • Sam Baker
  • Lamar Holmes
  • Mike Johnson

Clabo and Baker return as starters in Atlanta.  Both backups were 3rd round picks, Holmes was this year.  Neither will likely see much playing time outside an injury.

Guard:

  • Garrett Reynolds
  • Justin Blalock
  • Peter Konz
  • Phillipkeith Manley

Blalock is locked in as a starter on the left side, but it isn’t clear if Reynolds or Konz will be starting on the right.  Reynolds is in the incumbent, but the Falcons didn’t use a second round pick on Konz to ride the bench.  Manley at least has a great name.

Center:

  • Todd McClure
  • Joe Hawley

McClure will be making his 176th start when the season begins.

Defense Tackle:

  • Jonathan Babineaux
  • Peria Jerry
  • Vance Walker
  • Travian Robertson

Babineaux comes into this season with 19 career sacks.  Jerry should be the other starter, but could fall out of favor if he doesn’t play at the level that made him a first round pick in 2009.  Robertson was a 2012 seventh round pick.

Defensive End

  • Ray Edwards
  • John Abraham
  • Kroy Biermann
  • Lawrence Sidbury
  • Cliff Matthews

A lot of talent rushing off the ends in Atlanta.  Edwards will be playing his second season with the Falcons after recording just 3.5 sacks in his first.  Abraham is of course a 4 time pro bowler and back after signing a 3 year contract extension.  Cliff is of course the brother of All Pro Clay Matthews.

Linebacker:

  • Sean Weatherspoon
  • Robert James
  • Stephen Nicholas
  • Akeem Dent

Weatherspoon, a former first round pick, recorded 4 sacks last year.  There isn’t a lot of depth here, and really not a great deal of talent.  The front four makes up somewhat for that, but this is a weakness for offenses to target.

Cornerback:

  • Dunta Robinson
  • Brent Grimes
  • Asante Samuel
  • Chris Owens
  • Robert McClain

A ridiculous amount of talent in this group.  Robinson will be playing nickel duties which he says he is most comfortable with.  With offenses moving more towards a passing league, he should see the field plenty.  Hopefully, he will start earning the huge contract he signed in 2010.  Samuel was acquired for just a 7th round pick from Philly.  He may not have the same ball skills and speed he once did, but is still a rock solid corner.  With 4 career pro bowls and 45 interceptions, he will add some stability to the secondary.  Grimes is quietly one of the better corners in the NFL and makes this top 3 very great.

Safety:

  • William Moore
  • Thomas DeCoud
  • Chris Hope
  • Charles Mitchell

Nothing flashy here.  Moore and DeCoud will likely start.  Chris Hope comes on after a long career with Pittsburgh and Tennessee.  Mitchell was a 6th round pick this year.

Special Teams:

  • Matt Bryant
  • Matt Bosher
  • Josh Harris

Bryant will kick, Bosher will punt, and Harris is the LS.  Nothing new here.

 

 

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